Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyer Serving Alabama Statewide
When you’re injured by the negligence of another and through no fault of your own, you may understandably be extremely worried about how you are going to afford the medical care you need and how you will be able to pay your living expenses for yourself and your family. Alabama law allows you to recover money damages from the negligent party who caused your injuries, but getting that compensation from the negligent party and their insurance company can be an uphill battle. Birmingham personal injury lawyer Alan Lasseter has 25 years of experience helping people in Alabama get the care and compensation they need after a serious car or truck accident or other personal injury. Call the Lasseter Law Firm for a free consultation about your potential claims, and let us help you get started on the road to recovery.
How the Lasseter Law Firm can Help You after an Alabama Personal Injury
Insurance companies cover negligent drivers, property owners, doctors, product manufacturers and others whose negligence or misconduct can result in serious injury or death to another. Rather than pay the full amount of what they owe to the injured person, however, insurance companies will try to minimize the damage done and pay vastly less than is fair and just.
Injury victims who don’t have an attorney advising and representing them may believe the insurance company is treating them fairly and offering an adequate settlement amount, but this is rarely if ever the case. Attorney Alan Lasseter has enough experience with personal injury claims to know what a proper settlement should be. The Lasseter Law Firm works diligently to see that you get the care you need to reach a point of maximum medical recovery, and that you are compensated for all of your legal damages, including:
- Present and future medical expenses
- Lost income from missed work
- Diminished earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Diminished quality of life
- Punitive damages for wrongful death
A common strategy of insurance companies after a personal injury in Alabama is to try to pin at least some of the blame for the accident on the injury victim. For instance, they may claim that an injured driver was distracted when hit by a driver who sped through an intersection against the light, or they may allege that a person was not watching his or her step before tripping or slipping and falling because of a hazardous condition or defect on a store owner’s property. Because of Alabama’s strict contributory negligence laws, if you are found even partially at fault in an accident, the insurance company won’t have to pay you anything despite the overwhelming negligence of their insured. Birmingham injury attorney Alan Lasseter won’t let you be unfairly blamed for an accident you did not cause. He’ll fight back hard against such claims and develop the facts and evidence that prove the other party’s negligence and liability to you.
Important Facts to Know about Alabama Car and Truck Accidents
Serious and deadly car accidents are on the rise. According to the Alabama Department of Transportation 2016 Crash Facts, there were 155,907 crashes in 2016, up 5.73% from the previous year. These crashes caused 47,653 injuries – up 8.25% – and 1,089 fatalities, a 28.27% increase over the prior year. By far the most accidents, injuries and deaths occurred in Jefferson County, which saw more than double the number of crashes in the county with the second-highest number of accidents (Mobile). Crashes in Alabama occur at rates well above the national average.
This rise in car accidents in recent years is likely attributable to the increase in distracted driving caused by driver’s attention focused on their smartphones and vehicle infotainment displays instead of the road and the traffic around them. Additionally, speeding, drunk driving and drowsy driving continue to be leading factors of car wrecks in Alabama. The 2016 Crash Facts list the following main causes of car accidents on Alabama roads:
- Driving on the wrong side of the road
- Running off the road
- Driving while fatigued or asleep at the wheel
Alabama law requires all drivers to carry liability insurance to cover at least $25,000 in personal injury costs for someone hurt in an accident, up to $50,000 total if multiple people were injured in the crash. Still, at 22% uninsured, Alabama has one of the highest rates of uninsured drivers in the country. The Lasseter Law Firm will pursue your case for maximum compensation from the responsible party or parties, including the negligent driver’s insurance company; your own uninsured motorist coverage; a liquor store, bar or restaurant which violated the law by serving a visibly intoxicated person who caused the crash; or even an auto manufacturer who put a vehicle on the road with a dangerous design or manufacturing defect. Our diverse background in personal injury litigation helps us evaluate the accident, determine fault, and gather the evidence needed to build a strong case for full compensation.
Call the Lasseter Law Firm in Birmingham after a Serious Personal Injury in Alabama
If you have been injured in an accident caused by another’s negligence in Alabama, call the Lasseter Law Firm at 205-458-1212 for a free consultation with an experienced and successful Birmingham personal injury lawyer.